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Title: Factors controlling the oxygen isotopic composition of lacustrine authigenic carbonates in Western China: implications for paleoclimate reconstructions

Abstract

Abstract In the carbonate-water system, at equilibrium, the oxygen isotopic composition of carbonate is dependent not only on the temperature but also on the isotopic composition of host water in which the carbonate is formed. In this study, lake surface sediment and water samples were collected from 33 terminal lakes in Western China to evaluate controls on the oxygen isotopic composition of lacustrine authigenic carbonates (δ 18 O carb ) and its spatial distribution. Our results show that water oxygen isotopic composition (δ 18 O water ) rather than lake summer water temperature (T water ), is the main determinant of δ 18 O carb , irrespective of whether oxygen isotope equilibrium is achieved. There are significant linear correlations between δ 18 O carb and elevation, as well as that between δ 18 O carb and latitude for lakes located on the Tibetan Plateau. In Western China, the spatial distribution of δ 18 O carb is consistent with that of δ 18 O water , and is ultimately controlled by the isotopic composition of local precipitation (δ 18 O precipitation ) that depends on the source of water vapor. Therefore, changes in δ 18 O carb can be predominantly interpretedmore » as variations of δ 18 O water , which in turn represent changes in δ 18 O precipitation for paleoclimate reconstructions in this region, and may be relevant to studies of other areas.« less

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1669166
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FG02-13ER16402; SC0010288
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Published Article
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Scientific Reports
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Journal Name: Scientific Reports Journal Volume: 10 Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
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Nature Publishing Group
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United Kingdom
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English

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Li, Huashu, Liu, Xingqi, Tripati, Aradhna, Feng, Shengnan, Elliott, Ben, Whicker, Chloe, Arnold, Alexandrea, and Kelley, Anne Marie. Factors controlling the oxygen isotopic composition of lacustrine authigenic carbonates in Western China: implications for paleoclimate reconstructions. United Kingdom: N. p., 2020. Web. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-73422-4.
Li, Huashu, Liu, Xingqi, Tripati, Aradhna, Feng, Shengnan, Elliott, Ben, Whicker, Chloe, Arnold, Alexandrea, & Kelley, Anne Marie. Factors controlling the oxygen isotopic composition of lacustrine authigenic carbonates in Western China: implications for paleoclimate reconstructions. United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-73422-4
Li, Huashu, Liu, Xingqi, Tripati, Aradhna, Feng, Shengnan, Elliott, Ben, Whicker, Chloe, Arnold, Alexandrea, and Kelley, Anne Marie. Thu . "Factors controlling the oxygen isotopic composition of lacustrine authigenic carbonates in Western China: implications for paleoclimate reconstructions". United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-73422-4.
@article{osti_1669166,
title = {Factors controlling the oxygen isotopic composition of lacustrine authigenic carbonates in Western China: implications for paleoclimate reconstructions},
author = {Li, Huashu and Liu, Xingqi and Tripati, Aradhna and Feng, Shengnan and Elliott, Ben and Whicker, Chloe and Arnold, Alexandrea and Kelley, Anne Marie},
abstractNote = {Abstract In the carbonate-water system, at equilibrium, the oxygen isotopic composition of carbonate is dependent not only on the temperature but also on the isotopic composition of host water in which the carbonate is formed. In this study, lake surface sediment and water samples were collected from 33 terminal lakes in Western China to evaluate controls on the oxygen isotopic composition of lacustrine authigenic carbonates (δ 18 O carb ) and its spatial distribution. Our results show that water oxygen isotopic composition (δ 18 O water ) rather than lake summer water temperature (T water ), is the main determinant of δ 18 O carb , irrespective of whether oxygen isotope equilibrium is achieved. There are significant linear correlations between δ 18 O carb and elevation, as well as that between δ 18 O carb and latitude for lakes located on the Tibetan Plateau. In Western China, the spatial distribution of δ 18 O carb is consistent with that of δ 18 O water , and is ultimately controlled by the isotopic composition of local precipitation (δ 18 O precipitation ) that depends on the source of water vapor. Therefore, changes in δ 18 O carb can be predominantly interpreted as variations of δ 18 O water , which in turn represent changes in δ 18 O precipitation for paleoclimate reconstructions in this region, and may be relevant to studies of other areas.},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-020-73422-4},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = 1,
volume = 10,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {2020},
month = {10}
}

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